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Updated 6-2-2020

Claremont Confirmed Cases - 49

As of 8pm on June 1, 2020 Claremont had 49 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Los Angeles Public Health tracks the number of cases in the County. The number of cases is updated Monday-Friday at noon on the County website: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/Coronavirus/locations.htm. The County does not share the addresses and personal information of the cases with the City because of medical privacy laws. The County will share if the case is at a skilled nursing facility or congregate site. As of June 1, Claremont has 8 cases in a skilled nursing facility (1 staff member/7 residents). Pomona College was notified that a student was diagnosed with COVID-19 after returning home before spring break in late March. Pomona College immediately notified its students and faculty and there were no additional cases reported.

 

Hair Salons, Barbershops, and In-Person Dining can Reopen with Safeguards in Place

Hair salons and barbershops can reopen and in-person dining in restaurants can resume immediately with safeguards as Los Angeles County moves forward on the Roadmap to Recovery.

On May 29, 2020, the State of California today approved the County’s request for a variance to state guidelines because the County has met the necessary public health thresholds to safely allow critical sectors of the economy and community to begin serving residents.

 The County has demonstrated that it has controlled the spread of the virus, and is protecting residents and essential workers. Hospital testing and contact tracing capacity are appropriate in response to the outbreak. Los Angeles County is now in the advanced stages of Phase 2 of the State’s Resilience Roadmap.

Key, specific guidelines for customers at hair salons, barbershops and in-person restaurant dining are below:

Barbershops and hair salons

  • Physical distancing measures will be in place.
  • Employees and customers will be screened for symptoms, including cough and fever. Clients feeling unwell should reschedule their appointment.
  • Everyone, including clients, must wear cloth face coverings while in the salon or barber shop and clients are encouraged to wear face coverings with earloops to ensure the face covering does not interfere with the hair service.
  • Magazines, coffee and other amenities will not be available.
  • Clients are encouraged to use credit cards and contactless payment systems. If electronic or card payment is not possible, customers should come with exact cash payment or check, if available
  • Stylists may only serve one client at a time.

For the detailed protocols visit: http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/.

Personal grooming that is still closed, or prohibited, at this time:

  • Nail salons
  • Spa services, including massage, facials and waxing

In-Person Restaurant Dining

  • Physical distancing measures will be in place.
  • Employees and customers will be screened for symptoms, including cough and fever. Patrons feeling unwell should not eat at a restaurant.
  • Outdoor seating and curbside pickup are prioritized.
  • Reservations will be encouraged.
  • Customers will be asked to wait for their table in their cars or outside the restaurant to prevent crowds from gathering.
  • Diners must wear cloth face coverings when not eating.
  • Bar areas will be closed.
  • Occupancy capacity will be limited to 60% for the next three weeks.

 Still closed are:

  •  Gyms and fitness centers
  • Beach piers
  • Indoor entertainment venues including arcades, bowling alleys, movie theaters, live performance theaters, concert halls, stadiums, arenas, theme parks, gaming facilities and festivals
  • Indoor museums, galleries and zoos

The new openings are part of a phased progression guiding the safe resumption of public life in Los Angeles County, including the resumption and reopenings that include: in-person faith-based services, in-store shopping at retail stores, bike paths, drive-in movies and other recreational pursuits. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health will amend its Health Officer Order accordingly.

For more information on how to stay safe during the COVID-19 emergency health crisis, visit covid19.lacounty.gov

 

County Allows Retail and Churches to Open

On May 29, 2020, the County Health Officer issued a new Safer at Work order yesterday opening low-risk retail businesses and churches in LA County.

New Health Order Highlights

The following are highlights from yesterday's Order issued by LA County's Department of Public Health, which emphasizes physical distancing requirements, cloth face coverings and other safety protocols must be observed:

Faith-Based Organizations
Faith-based organizations may resume services, with the number of congregants limited to less than 25% of the building's capacity, or a maximum of 100 people, whichever is lower.

Indoor & Outdoor Retail
All indoor and outdoor retail shopping centers may now open for business at 50% capacity.

Flea Markets, Swap Meets & Drive-Ins
All flea markets, swap meets and drive-in movie theaters may also resume operations.

Pools, Hot Tubs and Saunas
Pools, hot tubs and saunas that are in a multi-unit residence or part of a homeowners association may also now open.

County residents may take part in all-permitted activities while continuing to practice physical distancing and wearing a cloth face covering when in contact with others. You are still encouraged to remain in your residences, as much as practical, and limit close contact with others outside your household (both indoor and outdoor).

Gatherings of people not from the same household are still prohibited, except for faith-based services and in-person protests.

Public Health will assess the activities allowed by the Order on an ongoing basis and modify the Order as appropriate. Currently, LA County is in stage two of the five-stage Roadmap to Recovery  and until the final stage five is reached, Health Officer Orders and directives will continue to ensure that we slow spread of COVID-19 to prevent an overwhelming surge of COVID-19 cases at healthcare facilities

 

Enforcement of Overnight Parking has Resumed

The enforcement of the Overnight Parking Ordinance has resumed. As a reminder, the Claremont Municipal Code prohibits parking any vehicle on a City street for more than one hour between the hours of 2:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m. If you have to park on the street between the hours of 2 a.m. and 6 a.m., you can apply for an ONP Exemption up to 60 days in advance. Each household is entitled to 3 ONP Exemptions (3 nights) per vehicle, per month. To request a longer term overnight exemption, send a detailed email to: policewatchcommanders@ci.claremont.ca.us. Please include your address, vehicle information, including license plate make and color of vehicle, and specific reasons related to COVID as to why you need to park in the street. Staff will be monitoring the emails, and you will receive a response as to whether it has been approved or not.

For more information, visit this link: http://claremont.parkingexemptionapp.com/

 

Tennis Courts and Pickleball Courts are Now Open

Tennis and Pickleball courts are open in City parks. Play is restricted to singles and social distancing must be maintained. Sharing equipment is discouraged. 

 

City Trails Open

On Wednesday, May 6, 2020 Los Angeles County announced the easing of the Safer at Home Order and the phased reopening of some businesses and trails. 

In coordination with the opening of the County’s trails, the City re-opened Thompson Creek Trail and the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park.

Visitors to the trails will be expected to practice safe physical distancing, refrain from visiting if exhibiting symptoms, and wear a mask at trailheads and parking lots. Hikers will be directed to walk, run, and ride in one direction on the Claremont Hills Wilderness Park five mile loop. The parking lots for the Wilderness Park will be open and parking permits will be enforced.

City staff and rangers will be monitoring the trails, and trailheads, and enforcing the safety protocols. Hikers and walkers are encouraged to bring plenty of water with them, as water fountains will be closed. Restrooms will be available at Higginbotham Park for the Thompson Creek Trail and at the lower level of the Wilderness Park loop. The porta potties on the higher level of the loop will be closed. Additional hand sanitation stations will be placed at the entrance of the loop by the kiosks.

 

Wilderness Park Pass Extension

Attention CHWP 2020 Annual Pass Holders:  Annual passes will be extended beyond December 31, 2020 to match the duration of this closure. Announcements about the duration of permit extensions will be made later this year. 

 

All City Parks Closed

Due to the COVID-19 Safer at Home Executive Order, all City parks are closed until further notice. This includes fields, restrooms and playgrounds. Passive areas of parks remain open to members of families that reside together who wish to get some fresh air and exercise. This does not mean gatherings are permitted. Tennis and Pickleball courts are also now open in City parks.  For your health and safety, we remind you to use caution and abide by social distancing requirements. During this time, City staff will be working to make necessary maintenance improvements and repairs, so that parks are spruced up and ready to go when the Order is lifted. We appreciate your cooperation in this effort.

 

 

One-Stop State Website: www.covid19.ca.gov

On March 18, 2020, Governor Gavin Newsom announced the launch of a new Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) public awareness campaign to provide useful information to Californians and inform them of actions they can take to further prevent the spread of the virus. The campaign is anchored by a new, consumer-friendly website, www.covid19.ca.gov, that highlights critical steps people can take to stay healthy and resources available to Californians impacted by the outbreak, including paid sick leave and unemployment assistance.

 

City/County Official Announcements 

May 29, 1010 - Reopening Safer at Work and In the Community

March 21, 2020 - Updated LA County Safer at Home Order

March 19, 2020 - LA County Safer at Home Order

March 16, 2020 - City Statement - City Facilities Closed to the Public

March 16, 2020 - LA County Public Health Issues Order to Prohibit Group Events and Gatherings, Require Social Distancing Measures and the Closure of Certain Businesses

March 14, 2020 - Declaration of Local Emergency

March 13, 2020 - Safer at Home revised Order

- APPENDIX A: Safer at Home Revised Order Social Distancing Protocol (05.13.20) 
- APPENDIX B: Safer at Home Revised Order Warehousing, Manufacturing, Logistics Protocol (05.13.20) 
- APPENDIX C: Safer at Home Revised Order Warehousing, Manufacturing, Logistics Protocol (05.13.20)

March 13, 2020 - City Statement - Cancellation of Classes/Large Gatherings and Closure of YAC/TAC

March 12, 2020 - Governor's Executive Order

March 11, 2020 - City Statement - Cancellation of Special Events and Closure of Senior Centers

 

Declaration of Local Emergency 

On March 14, 2020 at 3:30pm, the City declared a local emergency in order to request resources, if needed. This is a precautionary action which will allow the City to react quickly should the situation escalate.
  

City Operations

City facilities reopened to the public on Monday, May 18 by appointment only. Appointments will be required to conduct business inside City Hall, including for the purposes of submitting and reviewing plans, obtaining permits, or applying for a business license. Walk-ins will not be accepted at this time. When in City Hall for an appointment, visitors must wear some type of facial covering and adhere social distancing procedures. Each City facility that is open to the public will have a temporary maximum occupancy. For City Hall, no more than three members of the public will be allowed in the lobby at any time. Maximum occupancy for the Hughes Center will have no more than two members of the public at any time, as the Community Services and Police Department will only be allowing one member of the public at any time. To make an appointment, please call (909) 399-5440. 

 

Closures/Cancellations

In an abundance of caution and to protect our vulnerable populations, the City has taken the following actions

  • All recreation classes have been cancelled. Online classes are available. 
  • All facility rentals have been cancelled.
  • Large gatherings have been cancelled.
  • The TAC and YAC have been closed.
  • Joslyn and Blaisdell Centers have been closed. 
  • Congregate meal service for our seniors has been moved to meal pick up on Mondays and Wednesdays.
  • All park bathrooms, playgrounds, basketball hoops, and picnic areas are closed. 

 

Dial-a-Ride/Get About  

PVTA and the City of Claremont have extended the fare waivers for Dial-a-Ride and Get About until further notice. Call your destination in advance to ensure they are open. Please remember that we are all safer at home and to practice social distancing if you need to be out. For more information, please call (909) 596-7664.

 

Senior Meal Service & Senior Activities

Both the Joslyn Center and the Blaisdell Center are closed. Lunches will be available in front of the Joslyn Center for Nutrition Program participants on Mondays and Wednesdays between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. On Mondays, participants will receive boxed lunches for Monday and Tuesday. On Wednesdays, participants will receive boxed lunches for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.

 

Senior Hours at Local Grocery Stores

Below is a list of grocery stores and hours of operations for seniors only. We will update as necessary.

Senior Hours at Local Grocers

 

City Council & Commission Meetings

Pursuant to the local emergency concerning the COVID-19 virus declared by the City Council of the City of Claremont on March 19, 2020, the Los Angeles County Department of Health’s “Safer at Home Order” issued March 19, 2020, and Executive Order N-29-20 issued by Governor Gavin Newsom on March 18, 2020, the following protocols will apply to public participation in meetings for the duration of the emergency:

Members of the public will not be permitted to be physically present at meetings. To allow for public participation, the City Council and various Commissions/Committees will conduct their meetings through Zoom Video Communications. To participate in the meetings from the comfort of your own home or office, download Zoom on any phone or computer device and use the following links to access and participate in the live meetings.

Below are the specific links that must be copied and pasted into your web browser for the various meetings:

City Council: https://zoom.us/j/256208090

Architectural Commission: https://zoom.us/j/98646897382 

Community & Human Services Commission: Zoom link (TBA)

Planning Commission: Zoom link (TBA)

Police Commission: Zoom link (TBA)

Traffic and Transportation Commission: https://zoom.us/j/96700192284

Tree Committee: Zoom link (TBA)

**Please reference the instructions on each meeting's agenda page to participate in the meeting.

 

 

The meetings will not be live streamed through Granicus as the meetings will be live streamed through Zoom instead. The recorded meeting will be uploaded and saved as a record.  

Materials for the meeting can be found on the City website, or you can request a copy of any staff report by contacting the City Clerk’s office. 

 

Claremont Police Department Operations

In response to the guidance received by the Federal, State, and Los Angeles County Public Health Officials, the Claremont Police Department is adapting to the challenges impacted by COVID-19. We have not changed or reduced our deployment strategies at this time and will continue to respond to all law enforcement related activities in Claremont. This is an evolving situation, and the Claremont Police Department is working to maintain field staffing levels that ensure high-quality response times to emergency calls for service within the City.

At this time, it is our goal to continue to provide the highest level of safety and service while preserving the health and well-being of our personnel and our community. Based on logical response precautions, CPD has modified some procedures to limit the exposure of the public and our staff. For example, we may accept and document certain non-emergency crime reports over the telephone rather than in person. To file a crime report, please call our Claremont Police Department at (909) 399-5411. Staff will determine if a phone report can be completed or if the situation would best be served with an officer contact. If you are experiencing flu-like symptoms, fever, or a respiratory illness, please notify us when you make the call. This will allow our first responders to take any needed safety precautions prior to their arrival.

To protect the health of the public and our CPD personnel, and to potentially slow the rate of transmission of COVID-19, we are limiting access to the Claremont Police Department lobby with the exception of essential or emergency situations. We encourage residents to call ahead at (909) 399-5411 to determine if we can serve you without requiring a visit. If your need requires a visit, we will schedule an appointment to ensure limited people within our lobby. This practice will stay in effect until further notice.

Lobby restrictions DO NOT apply to the following:

-Regularly scheduled child-custody exchanges (to take place by front door monitored by video surveillance)

-Individuals who are required by law to check in with law enforcement for compliance to terms of release.

-Situations in which a law enforcement presence is needed to immediately protect life, safety or property.

-Mandatory visits for payment of fees or collection of property.

We apologize for any inconvenience that these adjustments may cause. Please know that the men and women of the Claremont Police Department are committed to the safety and well-being of our citizens and dedicated to maintaining the superior service everyone has come to expect from our personnel. During this time, we are encouraging everyone to remain rational and remember to keep the current situation in perspective. We ask that you help protect your Claremont Police Department officers and support staff, so that in turn, we can continue to work hard to protect you!

 

Claremont Resumes Recycling

Recycling collection resumed on Monday, May 4. The City’s contract recycling facility will begin a phased re-opening with new social distancing protocols in place.  Your sanitation driver will once again collect trash, recycling, and green waste as three separate loads.  As a friendly reminder, you can recycle the following items:  

  •  Plastic jugs, bottles, and jars (plastics #1 and #2 only)
  • Glass bottles and jars
  • Paper, paper boxes, and cardboard
  • Cans (soup cans, beverage cans, etc.)

All materials must be clean and dry, with no food residue.  We understand that some customers have been temporarily mixing trash and recycling and there may be some contamination during our first week back to regular service.  We would like to thank all of our customers for your patience and we look forward to continuing to serve you during this time.

 

Sanitation Special Services

While residents are encouraged to stay home, the Sanitation Division is currently fully operational and available to provide service to our customers. In addition to standard collection services, residents can also schedule bulky item pickups and bin rentals. The Sanitation Division will pick up three bulky items per household, per calendar year at no charge. The program is intended for large, bulky items that do not fit in your regular refuse container, such as large appliances, furniture, and mattresses.  Appointments are available on a first-come, first-served basis.  After the three free items have been picked up, additional items can be collected for a fee.  Due to recent increases in bed bug infestations, soiled, infested, or contaminated items must be sealed in heavy plastic. Glass items, such as mirrors and windows must also be taped and wrapped in heavy plastic for safety. Bin rentals are also currently available for those looking for extra disposal capacity to accommodate your spring cleaning.  For more information regarding our services or to schedule an appointment, please contact the Community Services Department at (909) 399-5431.

 

Urban Forest Activity

The City’s contracted trimming company, West Coast Arborists, will continue to prune trees. Pruning trees is considered an essential service. All WCA staff will follow strict COVID-19 work restrictions. Pruning will continue in the neighborhoods north of Base Line, between Indian Hill and the westerly City boundary. Tree pruning will progress through the spring. All City trees are pruned on a regular basis using only the highest professionally accepted standards, and in a manner that will encourage good development while preserving their health, structure, and natural appearance.  

 

Water Quality and Reliability

Golden State Water Company would like to reassure customers that the water they receive is safe to drink and meets all state and federal health and safety standards. Water delivered to customers is treated and tested to ensure it meets drinking water requirements. Their team of water professionals is committed to ensuring customers have reliable water at their taps when they need it. They do not anticipate any water service interruptions, even during periods when communities are directed to “shelter in place.”  For more information, visit https://www.gswater.com/covid-19-updates/.

 

Community Impacts

THE CLAREMONT COLLEGES:

The presidents of the five undergraduate institutions of The Claremont Colleges and two graduate institutions (Pomona College, Scripps College, Claremont McKenna College, Harvey Mudd College, Pitzer College, CGU, and KGI) announced that all in-person course instruction will transition to online instruction. The undergraduate institutions are requesting that students not return to campus and instead continue their studies remotely online. https://services.claremont.edu

CLAREMONT HELEN RENWICK  LIBRARY:

LA County has closed Library branches to the public. Staff will be available by phone for reference questions. All public programming has been cancelled. https://lacountylibrary.org/coronavirus/

CLAREMONT UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT:

All CUSD schools are closed.

FARMERS MARKET:

The Farmers Market has been suspended.

 

Volunteer Information

Thank you to all the generous community members who have offered their assistance as we deal with the COVID-19 Crisis. The City has put together a Volunteer Information page for those who wish to help out during this time. 

Volunteer Information Page

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES AND INFORMATION:

 

Disaster Assistance Loans for Small Businesses

Disaster Assistance Loans are now available to Los Angeles County small businesses economically impacted by the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Applicants may apply online, receive additional disaster assistance information and download applications at disasterloan.sba.gov/ela. Applicants may also call SBA’s Customer Service Center at (800) 659-2955 or email disastercustomerservice@sba.gov for more information on SBA disaster assistance. Individuals who are deaf or hard-of-hearing may call (800) 877-8339. Completed applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration, Processing and Disbursement Center, 14925 Kingsport Road, Fort Worth, TX 76155. The deadline to apply for an Economic Injury Disaster Loan is December 16, 2020.

SBA Press Release

 

DMV

In response to the  COVID-19 pandemic, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) has asked California law enforcement to exercise discretion for 60 days in their enforcement of driver license and vehicle registration expiration dates beginning March 16, 2020. The DMV is taking this action so that at-risk populations, including seniors and those with underlying  health conditions, can avoid required visits to DMV field offices.

DMV Press Release

 

Financial Resources for Residents Impacted by COVID-19

The Department of Public Social Services is aware of the financial impact that the Coronavirus is having on the health and financial well-being of County of Los Angeles residents, leaving thousands unemployed or underemployed.  The department has provided resources to help residents who may be experiencing financial challenges due to the pandemic (click on link below).

Financial Resources for Residents Impacted by COVID-19

 

HUD Foreclosure and Eviction Moratorium

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson, in consultation with the Trump Administration and the Coronavirus Task Force, has authorized the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) to implement an immediate foreclosure and eviction moratorium for single family homeowners with FHA-insured mortgages for the next 60 days. These moratoriums are part of the continued effort to address impacts to the financial well-being of America’s individuals, families, and businesses caused by Coronavirus (COVID-19).

https://www.hud.gov/press/press_releases_media_advisories/HUD_No_20_042

 

MENTAL HEALTH 

Tri-City Mental Health 

Tri-City Mental Health is here to support individuals and families in Claremont. Here are some helpful wellness tips and resources to assist you through these unprecedented times:

Staying Compassionate and Resilient During COVID-19

Community Resources: Contact their Navigator team at (888) 436-3246 for linkage and referral to local resources including food, medical, legal, mental health, senior information and more.  

Wellbeing Supportive Chat: Are you practicing social isolation or quarantine and need someone to talk to? Talk to one of their trained peer support staff and volunteers. For non-emergency support, call their main line at (909) 623-6131 Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm and ask to be connected to Chris Anzalone. 

24/7 Crisis Support Services: If you are experiencing emotional distress and are not receiving treatment services at Tri-City, call their Supplemental Crisis line at (909) 623-6131 to speak to a licensed therapist. 

For more information, visit Tri City's website at https://www.tricitymhs.org/.

 

Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) supports the wellbeing of our County family, friends and colleagues. When you hear, read, or watch news about an outbreak of an infectious disease, you may feel anxious and show signs of stress, even when the outbreak affects people far from where you live and you are at low or no risk of getting sick. These signs of stress are normal and may be more likely in people with loved ones in parts of the world affected by the outbreak. During an infectious disease outbreak, care for your own physical and mental health and reach out in kindness to those affected by the situation.

LACDMH has published its "Coping with Stress During Infectious Disease Outbreaks” flyer, which is available below:

Strategies for Coping

LACDMH’s 24/7 Access Line at (800) 854-7771 is also available to provide mental health support, resources and referrals.

For more information, visit LACDMH's website at https://dmh.lacounty.gov/covid-19-information/.

 

 

Fact Sheet

Coronavirus FAQ

COVID-19 Case Map 

CUSD Coronavirus Webpage

Talking to Kids about Coronavirus

CDC Travel Information

 

FOR THE MOST UP TO DATE INFORMATION ABOUT CORONAVIRUS VISIT LA COUNTY'S DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH WEBSITE HERE.